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. hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. aviation authorities have lost contact with an air al gchl eri flight aviation authorities have lost contact w passenger aircraft. flight ah-5017 was en route from the capital of the west african nation ouagadougou to algiers.
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airlines officials say the plane went missing while passing over the country of mali. the airliner is reportedly carrying 110 passengers and six crew members. the air algeri aircraft is a mcdonald-douglas md-83. world leaders are struggling struggling to broker a dea end the conflict e israeli troops are pushing their offensive in the area. palestinian authorities say the death toll from the fighting i climbing above 700. u.s. secretary of state john kerry met with palestinian president abbas to negotiate a cease-fire and met face to fac with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. netanyahu spoke to r thursday about his intention to continue with the military operation. he said israel is determined to take any measures necessary to protect its citizens. the leader of hamas, the islamic
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fundamentalist group that controls gaza, has reiterated his group's stance. he says there can be no cease-fire without first lifting israel's economic blockade imposed on gaza. the top humanitarian official with the united nations is demanding that leaders on both sides end the violence. in an exclusive interview with nhk world in tokyo, valerie amos says more and more innocent children are being killed every day. amos serves as undersecretary general and emergency relief coordinato lives in gaza. >> it's a dire humanitarian situation. we have civilians who are caught up in over 600 killed already in gaza, over 500 of them civilians. humanity demands that there is a cease-fire. >> amos highlighted that
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children are the ones paying a high price in the conflict. >> in the last two days, a child has died every hour in gaza. my message is to remember the children. look at those faces. these are children who should have a future. and right now they don't. >> amos says that thousands of people are now taking shelter at various u.n. compounds. she says even before the israeli milita s offensive, more than half of the people living in gaza relied on food aid, and she says there's growing shortage of supplies and medicines. in iraq, a group of gunmen transferred a bus transferring prisoners outside of baghdad. at least 60 people were killed. this comes amid fighting between
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sunni militants. iraqi security forces say the bus was hit by roadside bombs. forces supporting sunni militants carried out the attack. they say it was an attempt to free the prisoners and cause turmoil. last month, militants captured the northern city of mosul. they've expanded the area under their control. security in and around baghdad has been deteriorating with continued bomb attacks. norwegian security officials say people with connection to islamic militants in syria may be plotting an attack within days. it remains unclear where and what sort of attack could occur but authorities described information by foreign authorities as reliable. last month police reported that
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about 50 people from norway went to syria as foreign combatants. about half of them have returned to the country. security has been tightened at border stations. security is investigating why a plane crashed off the taiwan island. five people on the ground were also hurt. a team of experts have been investigating the cause of the crash at the site. they will also analyze the flight data and cockpit voice recorders obtained from the plane. aviation officials informed the control tower it would make a second landing attempt just before the signal was lost. a typhoon was reported near the airport at the time.
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but they added, investigation so far shows that visibility was adequate for landing. the team is proceeding with its investigations while eyeing all possibilities, such as equipment malfunction and human error. police officers from australia will soon be heading to eastern ukrai. they'll help with the investigation in of the malaysian airlines passenger jet. 27 australian nationals were killed in the crash. >> we are ready to deploy australian police to ukraine to help secure the site as part of an international team and the united nations authority. >> prime minister abbott said pro-russian separatists have prevented a thorough search of the crash site. he said 50 australian police officers are preparing for their mission. all 298 people on malaysia airlines flight 17 were killed last w
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but international experts assessing the remains say they've only counted about 200 bodies. they say some could remain at malaysia's prime minister says it could be months before those who were in the crash are brought home. dhra dhirakaosal in bangkok is following the story for us. >> families of the 43 malaysian victims hope their loved ones remains can be brought home by the muslim festival or eid next monday but they may be disappointed. dutch embassy on thursday in kuala lumpur. he paid tribute to the 193 dutch nationals who were on board the jetliner. holland had the highest number of casualties. he told reporters more time is needed to identify the remains. >> it is expected that this whole process will take weeks, it might even be months, we are not sure yet.
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>> in downtown kuala lumpur, a shopping mall set aside a condolence corner. visitors can write messages for the victims and their loved ones. >> i'm so scared about the news. i'm so sad. i feel like i want to cry because i thought if my parents is over there what i would be feeling. >> we are still waiting for the exact news, to get the confirmation of what actually happened to all of them. whatever, i know it is god's fate, but i think at the same time we need to know, too. >> also on thursday, najib expressed disappointment the team of international investigators in u does not have full access to the
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crash site. islamist extremists in syria and iraq are ringing alarm bells with what looks like a new drive to recruit fighters from indonesia. a recent online propaganda video is narrated in indonesia's official language and calls for new me most populous muslim nation. the video has not been independently verified but has rekindle threats to indonesia's security. in the video, a man calls on muslims to pledge loyalty to extremist leader abu bakr al baghdadi. he's wanted by the u.s. government for a number of terrorist attacks. >> translator: to our brothers in indonesia, be patient in front of the only god. use your life and wealth to emigrate to the islamic state.
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>> the video is believed to be linked with sunni militants backed by al qaeda. they have declared a new islamic state with al baghdadi as leader. they've been fighting government forces in iraq and syria and last month seized iraq's second largest city mosul in the north. they are now expanding control from the syrian city of aleppo to the outskirts of baghdad. the so-cal baghdadi has become the world's largest muslim extremist group. it's estimated to have attracted more than 10,000 foreign fighters. followers come not only from arab countries but all over the world. muslim insurgents have threatened indonesia in the past. many trained in afghanistan through the such groups joined forces with jamia islamia which was responsible for the deadly bomb attacks in bali. analysts have thought crackdowns by indonesian authorities had
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weakened jamia islamia. however, dozens have joined the so-called islamic state. it's feared such fanatics might return t honing their fighting skills and connections with other extremist organizations. indonesian authorities are feeling the pressure to take immediat. a passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern india on thursday, killing at least 18 children. the crash occurred in telangana state. the bus was taking the children to school when it entered a level crossing where it was hit. police say the bus driver was also killed. more than a dozen children were injured. >> our school bus, which without observing mandatory precaution
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tried to cross the track when the train was on the track. >> the crossing lacked gates and alarms. media reports say people living near the crash site had been demanding officials implement safety measures. unsecured level crossings are common in india in rural areas which cannot afford staff. the indian railway ministry says 40% of all rail crossings in the country are unsecured. many lives are lost every year in crossing accidents. and that wraps up our bulletin. i'm dhra dhirakaosal in bangkok. he merging economic powers still struggling with poverty. emboldened citizens still demanding democracy. the threat of violence. the push for peace. the shadow of conflict. get news and insight on south and southeast asia every weekday live from bangkok only on nhk world "newsline."
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restaurant chains in china are chopping out a company at the center of a food safety scandal. they no longer want to deal with the firm because it sold them meat products past their expiration date. the chinese tv report exposed unhygienic practices at shanghai husi food. it showed staff reprocessing food stuff too old to be used. city authorities detained some staff. they suspect the wrongdoing was company policy. shanghai husi food had been supplying nine chinese operators of restaurants and convenience stores. the people who run kfc and pizza hut in china said the firm had lost their trust and cut their ties. the chinese operator of mcdonald's fol. shanghai husi food is owned by an american company called the os group. staff at that firm's head office in chicago sent a team of experts to china to help
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authorities investigate. the osi group's chairman and ceo sheldon lavin apologized. he said what unacceptable and promised to ensure it never occurs again. senior finance ministry officials from japan and china have discussed beijing's plan to set up a new development bank in the asia pacific region. the delegates from china and japan met in tokyo. one of the main issues was china's proposal to set up the institution, which will be named the asian infrastructure investment bank. the aim of the bank is to support developing countries to build social infrastructure. a japanese representative said they asked the chinese counterparts on the significance in operating policy of the proposed bank saying the asian development bank already exist for the same purpose in the region. officials on the japanese side have bau stance on beijing's plan. but they said they will continue to talk with china on the issue.
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japan's trade deficit from january to june is the highest ever for a half year period. rising fuel imports are causing the imbalance. financial ministry officials issued preliminary trade figures for the first half of 2014. they show a deficit of more than $75 billion. that's the largest since officials started keeping comparable data back in 1979. exports for the period rose only 3.2% in yen terms from a year earlier. officials attribute the drag on exports to slowing demand in emerging economies. on the other hand, imports for the period shot up 10%. japan bought more liquefied natural gas from australia and qatar and crude oil from saudi arabia. the deficit in june added up to $8.1 billion. that's the 24th month in a row that the trade balance has been in deficit. a dispute between argentina and u.s. creditors continues as
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a deadline to strike a settlement draws closer. argentina risks its second default in 13 years unless it negotiates a deal with the bond holders by wednesday next week. argentine president christina fernandez insists her country will not go into default. she says buenos aires has been paying its debts on time to creditors who agreed to reduce debt obligations from the country's 2001 default. the supreme court ruled last month argentina cannot pay other investors unless it pays off the bond holders who are demanding full repayment. argentina rejects the order since those creditors refuse to accept reduced payments. negotiators from expected to meet in new york later on thursday. itochu corporation is aiming to, pand business in asia in a
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wide range of agricultures, including a fishery. they reached an agreement to enter an agreement with a group. ito krchl hu will receive about $1 billion in investment. they will acquire about 4.7% of the shares in the japanese firm. at the same time, itochu plans to invest about $860 million in a company within the cp group. the group has more than two firms. they include agriculture, food, and retailing. a university research team in japan has develop type of drone plane that can fly indoors without using gps. the drone will be used for inspecting the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. achiva university research group develo is about 1 meter in width and
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length and has six propellers. about ten firms cooperated in the project. to fly indoors where gps does not work, conventional drones have to have positioning information provided from outside by infrared or other rays. the new model has a sensor for figuring out its position and surroundings. it is designed to avoid obstacles on its own. global competition is becoming intense for the drone market. amazon and google of the u.s. are among those that are developing unmanned planes. every morning, investors turn their attention to asia. the tokyo market leads and markets around the world follow. from the decisions that could change the course of an economy. >> to the companies at the forefront of change. >> up to the minute market reports. >> and analysis from specialists around the world.
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>> get all of the latest business news and insight every day here on "newsline." japanese government officials have released some documents that shed new light on an important industry at the time. textiles. the papers reveal some of the frustrations of then u.s. president richard nixon and experts say they give insight into the current relationship between the two nations. nhk world reports. >> reporter: officials at japan's ministry of foreign affairs have opened a window on to the past. it might not sound like much now, but the negotiations caused a considerable amount of friction. during the negotiations, prime
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minister had to make concessions to the u.s. but in 1971, japanese textile makers announced limits on u.s.-bound exports. the americans complained that the limbs didn't go far enough but the japanese government supported the textile makers. among the recent declassified document is a letter from u.s. president richard nixon to prime minister sato. nixon expressed his disappointment. he said it seemed impossible to continue the negotiations. at the same time, japanese and american negotiators over the return of okinawa to japan. the americans used those talks to successfully push the japanese to make concessions on textiles. as a result, some people criticized sato saying that he
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sold out people in one of japan's leading industries. japan diplomacy said that sato had betrayed him. >> i think this sort of very personal and also at the same time sentimental angry expressed by close ally by the united states, prime minister sato apparently thought his promise in the talks was just kind of a very convenient remarks to get the revergent of okinawa but in that talks, president nixon was very encouraged by his personal promise. the japanese government at that
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time took this letter so seriously. but the problem is that government of japan at that time did not know how to resolve this textile issue. >> u.s. government officials used the textile negotiations and okinawa which were originally different issues and he points out a similar situation in current japan/u.s. relations. >> we might have seen the same kind of picture in the last summit talks in april. ttp and issues which was not linked but in that talks -- summit talk, it was actually linked. the united states delayed to
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release joint statement before japan considered on ttp issues. so we can see this kind of troubles repeatedly. >> haruna emphasizes that the relationships between the top leaders is the key to resolving difficult issues regardless of the times. nhk world. officials with japan's environment ministry are trying to save some tiny creatures. they are worried about insects indigenous to islands that have been named natural world heritage site. lizards are driving the bugs to
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the brink of extinction so the authorities have stepped in to try to protect them. >> reporter: there are so many species unique to this island, the native wildlife arrived by chance and then evolved into a unique ecosystem. there are almost 600 species and plants here that can't be found anywhere else in the world. snails are a striking example. a few varieties that originally arrived on the islands adapted to the local conditions and have now evolved into over 100 species. the original ecosystem has been best preserved on a small inhabited island anijima. this man works for the environment. it's his job to protect anijima
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but he's facing an enemy. the green lizard is eating up the insects. they rapidly spread on the two main islands. there are thought to be several millions of them now and they've had a catastrophic impact. then in march last year, they were cited for the first time on anijima. this island's ecosystem has been untouched until now. they are doing all they can to keep it that way. these red boxes are lizard traps. more than 40,000 have been installed here. the reptiles get stuck on strong adhesive sheets. already some 8,000 have been caught this way. but there are many more left on the island. another device the team is trying is a special fenced to confine the lizards in specific areas. >> we placed a smooth sheet here
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so they slip down. then they are unable to climb back up. every small delay increases the risk of lizards spreading. so we're working as fast as we can. >> but those measures are still not enough. the lizards have been spread through the air. there are buzards that feed on them carry them live to their nest and some go on to breed. >> if we don't doing? they will spread and damage the island's natural heritage. we need to do whatever we can to prevent that. >> reporter: with victory against the lizards far from it should, the island's natural heritage is at a critical phase. here is the world weather forecast.
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that's all at this hour on "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. thanks for staying with us on
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